Republican leaders promised to cut $100 billion from the federal budget — and haven’t. That’s not sitting well with the teabagging crowd that takes full credit for electing them. So, they’re coming to DC to protest. Via press release:
Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest grassroots organization, today announced that it will hold its first “Continuing Revolution Rally” outside of the U.S. Capitol challenging Congress and the members it helped sweep into power to take swift action on the budget. Tea Party stars in Congress such as Reps. Mike Pence and Michele Bachmann will join thousands of Tea Party activists to send a message to the rest of Washington. Thursday’s rally is co-sponsored by Let Freedom Ring, the Institute for Liberty, and Smart Girl Politics.
“Members of Congress have abandoned their service to the people by passing continuing resolutions instead of cutting the $100 billion they pledged,” said Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinators of the Tea Party Patriots. “Is it lack or leadership? Is it a lack of courage? A real budget will spark a national debate on the role of government, and that’s what the American people want.”
Let’s be clear here: If the teabaggers are coming to DC to protest against the Members of Congress who pledged to cut $100 billion, this protest is aimed at Boehner, Cantor and the other Republican leaders. And, yes, we do need a debate about what the American people really want. I think jobs and a better economy are on the top of the agenda, but we’re not seeing anything like that coming from the GOPers in Congress.
So, who is the star-studded lineup of speakers at the big rally? Several GOP members of Congress, including one potential presidential candidate:
Mark Meckler, National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots
Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
Dick Morris, Conservative Commentator
Rep. Steve King (R-IA)
Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring
Andrew Langer, President, Institute for Liberty
Doesn’t get more out there than Bachmann, King and Gohmert.
And, Dick Morris? Wonder if he’ll be stopping by the Jefferson Hotel?
The rally is scheduled for Thursday at noon ET. Given that it’s a tea party event, there will undoubtedly be wall-to-wall coverage on all the cable networks.